Albert Pujols hits 698th homer, helps Cards beat Reds 6-5

scheduled tribe. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 698th home run, a two-run drive in the sixth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Friday night.

Pujols hit the first pitch slider 427 feet from Rennel Espinal into left-field, leveling the score 4-4 for his 19th home run this season. Pujols is only behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) on the career list.

“It’s just going out there and contributing to this ball club and this organization,” Pujols said. “I feel like I’ve been getting every opportunity, especially lately, and just trying to help this ball club win.”

With 2,203 RBI, 42-year-old Pujol moved to second place within 11 of Ruth behind Aaron’s 2,297.

Ryan Helsley dismissed Kyle Farmer, Jake Fraley and Donovan Solano on nine pitches, making 18 saves in 22 occasions, the third spotless innings in Cardinals history since Bob Gibson in 1969 and Jason Isringhausen in 2002.

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